Countdown star and Extras actress back new quiz for Alzheimer’s Research UK

19 January 2017

Countdown’s Rachel Riley and Extras star Ashley Jensen are calling on people to go head to head in The Mighty Quiz, unveiled by Alzheimer’s Research UK this week.

On Thursday 27 April quizmasters across the nation will unite teams to tackle trivia, crack conundrums and face physical feats in The Mighty Quiz – it’s a quiz for everyone…but with a twist.

With spaghetti towers, plank-offs and foil sculptures, The Mighty Quiz is far from your average quiz – combining standard general knowledge rounds with physical challenges, creating a level playing field for those who struggle to tackle trivia.Rachel Riley

Countdown star and mathematician Rachel Riley is calling on people to host their own Mighty Quiz in eight short Facebook videos, created by multi award-winning studio Aardman. In each of the videos she asks people to puzzle over a new quiz question and post their answers.

She said:

“I love putting my brain through its paces, so I can’t think of a better way to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Whether trying to name that tune or sculpt a masterpiece from foil, The Mighty Quiz is a great excuse to get your friends together to tackle trivia and put your senses to the test. We need Mighty quizmasters across the nation to get their packs and get organising.”

The DIY quiz also has the backing of actress Ashley Jensen, best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and Extras. Ashley stars in a new 90-second film, also created by Aardman, in which she organises her own Mighty Quiz.Ashley Jensen

Ashley said:

“The Mighty Quiz is perfect for everyone from the complete novice to the seasoned pro, so why not hold a quiz night for Alzheimer’s Research UK? Every penny raised will help the charity take one step closer to defeating dementia.”

As well as challenges, The Mighty Quiz includes more traditional trivia rounds. Combined, there are lots of opportunities for every quiz member to show off their skills.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“The Mighty Quiz blends traditional quiz elements and challenge rounds, making it accessible to all. Mighty Quizzes are easy to organise, with a host of different rounds and challenges to choose from. We need quizmasters up and down the country to sign up, and get their friends to go head to head to defeat dementia.”

To organise your own Mighty Quiz visit